In honor of a fantastic book that I recently read (Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller) I decided to make this morning's home school lesson a science experiment about predicting and measuring.
First I had the boys create a recipe for what they thought should go into making Greek Almond Butter Cookies. Two of them got pretty close. The fourteen year old is not allowed in my kitchen ever again.
Next, we looked at the real ingredients and compared it to theirs.
Finally, we followed the recipe and baked the cookies.
1 cup butter, softened 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup white sugar 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar for rolling
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
2) In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and egg until smooth. Stir in the vanilla and almond extracts. Blend in the flour to form a dough, you may have to knead it by hand at the end. Take about a teaspoon of dough at a time and roll into balls, logs, or 'S' shapes. Place cookies 1 to 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
3) Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned and firm. Aloow cookies to cool completely before dusting with confectioners' sugar.
Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller is a YA book coming September 24, 2013. If you enjoy reading, I encourage you to give this book a chance. You can read my review HERE and enter before September 24, 20013 to win a hardcover copy.